4 of the Most Beautiful Mountains in the World

December 23, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, hindi, Hindu, History, India, indian heritage, Information, news, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 2 Comments
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Most Beautiful Mountains in the World 
Perhaps Sir Edmund Hillary – the New Zealand mountaineer and explorer – said it best when he remarked, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” No matter how daunting the task, pure human ambition has overcome unconquerable odds to subdue the tallest peaks in the world. If mountains are the “stairway to god’s heart”, we have no doubt stood beside him as equals. The following photoset celebrates the beauty witnessed along the way.
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First climbed in 1961 by the team of Mike Gill, Barry Bishop, Mike Ward, and Wally Romanes, Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. Literally meaning ‘Mother and Pearl Necklace’ the peak was adopted by UK’s Invesco group as their worldwide logo and signature. After a 2006 avalanche a climbing permit along with an officer are required before you can climb Ama Dablam.
The Shivling mountain, so-called because of its status as a sacred symbol of the Hindu god, Shiva, literally means ‘the phallus of Shiva’. Considered one of the most stunning peaks of the Garhwal region, the mountain soars 21,329 feet high. The Tapovan meadow which lies between Shivling and Gaumukh has become a popular pilgrimage site due to the stunning view of the mountain from that location.
Machapuchare, or ‘fish tail’, is revered by locals as sacred to the god Shiva and therefore has been declared off limits to climbing. At about 1,500 feet taller than Shivling, Machapuchare has never been climbed to its summit. The only known attempt at accomplishing the feat fell 50m short, after which the mountain was declared forbidden to climbers.

Obama vs McCain – Who Will Win?

November 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Obama vs McCain – Whose star is shining bright in the battle for Prez? The 2008 United States presidential election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 and Democrat Party’s nominee Barack Obama who is bidding to be the first non-white US president and the Vietnam war hero John Mccain of the Republicans are at the moment involved in a pitching battle for garnering votes through their respective no holds barred campaigns. Now, the US voters have a decision to make; Barack Obama or John McCain for president. In the light of this, Ganesha analyses the stars of both the candidates.

As per the time shown in Obama’s birth certificate, released recently, his Ascendant is Capricorn. As per his Lagna Chart, on the date of elections Saturn will be in Scorpio Navmansa, which is not a positive sign for the democrat. So, Obama might face unexpected tough fight from his opponent. He will be running Jupiter-Moon-Mercury period, which will be helpful for him.

The election date is also in his favor, which gives him an edge but complacency can affect his chances of becoming the first black US President. The placement of Mars in Obama’s chart looks threatening. He should never ignore his safety and must step up his security around the elections and also during the Jupiter-Mars period that will be effective from March 25, 2009 to March 01, 2010.

McCain is born in Aquarius Ascendant and the Lord of the Ascendant is situated in the Ascendant itself making his chart powerful. As per his Lagna Chart he also has Sun placed in its own sign and also Vargottama which signifies great leadership qualities in him. There are several noticeable planetary combinations but the current planetary configuration does not look favorable for him.

He is currently passing through Mercury-Mercury-Jupiter period. Both Mercury and Jupiter lose strength in D-9 and D-10 charts. Adding to this, transiting Rahu moving over the natal Moon and transiting Saturn moving over the natal Sun may act against his cause. The transiting Jupiter trine natal Sun may help him but the overall situation does not look favorable for winning the White House. Considering all these factors, Barack Obama, looks in better shape to win the White House. Tanmay K.Thakar (The GaneshaSpeaks Team)

Presidential Election 2008 – United States

October 29, 2008 at 7:18 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, news, USA, World | Leave a comment
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The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4, 2008, will be the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election and will select the President and the Vice President of the United States.

The Republican Party has chosen John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona as its nominee; the Democratic Party has chosen Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, as its nominee. The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr, the Constitution Party has nominated pastor and radio talk show host Chuck Baldwin, and the Green Party has nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Ralph Nader declined to seek the Green Party nomination and is running as an independent candidate.

The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president, and because it is the first time an African American is a presidential nominee for a major party, as well as the first time both major candidates were born outside the continental United States—Hawaii for Obama and the Panama Canal Zone for McCain. Since the Republican nominee for vice-president is a woman, the eventual winning ticket is very likely to be historic, as neither an African American nor a female has achieved either office. Also, the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, would be the oldest first-term president and the Democratic nominee for vice-president, Joe Biden, would be the first Roman Catholic vice president.

The election will coincide with the 2008 Senate elections in thirty-three states, House of Representatives elections in all states, and gubernatorial elections in eleven states, as well as various state referenda and local elections. As in the 2004 presidential election, the allocation of electoral votes to each state will be based partly on the 2000 Census. The president-elect and vice president-elect are scheduled to be inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

Chandrayaan-1 nears 75,000 km height, inches closer to Moon

October 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in entertainment, History, India, Information, World | Leave a comment
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Bangalore, Oct 25 (PTI) India’s Chandrayaan-1 has covered 20 per cent of its journey towards Moon as ISRO scientists today performed the second orbit-raising manoeuvre. The lunar spacecraft’s on-board 440 Newton Liquid engine was fired for about 16 minutes from 5.48 am.

With this engine firing, Chandrayaan-1’s apogee (farthest point to earth) has been raised to 74,715 km, while its perigee (closest point to earth) has been raised to 336 km, ISRO spokesperson S Satish said. ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair termed today’s orbit-raising operation as “record-breaking”.

“So far, Indian-made satellites have reached to a height of only 36,000 km. Today’s firing has taken Chandrayaan-1 to something like 75,000 km.

That’s well beyond what we have reached so far. It was a good event, and done precisely,” Nair, also secretary in the Department of Space, said.

Indicating the complexity of the India’s first unmanned lunar mission, he said when the spacecraft is closer to the earth, its gravitational field is well defined and scientists can shape the trajectory. “When you go further and further, earth’s influence comes down.

Influence of Moon and Sun becomes predominant. Even other planets will have an influence on it,” he said.

Moon lies at a distance of about 3,84,000 km from earth. ISRO officials said Chandrayaan-1 is expected to settle into lunar orbit, 100 km above Moon, on November 8.

All systems on board the spacecraft, launched on October 22, were functioning normally, ISRO said, adding that further orbit-raising manoeuvres to take Chandrayaan-1 to still higher orbits are planned in the next few days.

World’s 3rd, or Possibly 2nd, and Formerly 4th Largest Rotating Globe

October 21, 2008 at 6:25 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, India, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Massachusetts 

The big, rotating World that set the benchmark for all subsequent big, rotating Worlds is still around and still rotating.

At 25 tons and 28 feet wide, the Babson World Globe was the world’s largest rotating earth-ball when it was built in 1955. It was covered with porcelain-baked steel tiles that recreated the continents and oceans. They fell off in 1984 and for the next nine years the World looked like a big, rusted ball. But in 1993 it was restored, and has remained in global standard shape ever since.

After the Babson Globe established the record, bigger Earths were built to cast bigger shadows. The Unisphere, symbol of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was the biggest of all at 120 feet in diameter, but it doesn’t rotate. A 30-foot-wide, rotating globe was built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1957, and still stands in the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, but it no longer rotates. A septuagenarian in the small town of Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, built a 33-foot-wide rotating globe in the 1990s, but it’s unclear if it still rotates or if it even still exists — and are you going to go to Apecchio, Pesaro, Italy, to find out? Better to stay right here, because the Italian globe was surpassed by even larger, named Eartha, which has rotated just up the highway from the Babson Globe, in Maine, since 1998.

While you’re visiting the Babson World Globe, drive behind the Coleman Map Building to see this odd marker:

“This monument has been erected by the Gravity Research Foundation. It is to remind students of the blessings forthcoming when a semi-insulator is discovered in order to harness gravity as a free power and reduce airplane accidents.”

Chandrayaan – India s lunar mission

October 16, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, explore, History, India, indian heritage, Information, news, science, USA, World | Leave a comment
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CHANDRAYAAN-1: India’s first mission to the Moon
India is all set to reach the moon and that too in its own way, literally! The first Moon mission, an unmanned remote-sensing satellite called Chandrayaan-I , is set for launch. The results of this initiative is which would a long way in realizing the value of our closest celestial body and the emergence of new possibilities. Few facts on Chandrayaan * This spacecraft weighs 1304 kg (590 initial orbit mass and 504 kg dry mass) * The estimated costs for this ambitious project would be INR 3.8 billion * The power generation would be through a canted single-sided solar array to provide required power, 700 W at peak. * During eclipse the spacecraft will be powered by Lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries. * The spacecraft carries propellant for a mission life of 2 years. The mission aims to carry out high resolution mapping of topographic features in 3D, distribution of minerals and elemental chemical species, and look for water ice in its polar regions. ISRO hopes to launch Chandrayaan-1 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre near Shriharikota this year.

 “THE MOON” with the history of the early solar system etched on it beckons mankind from time immemorial to admire its marvels and discover its secrets. Understanding the moon provides a pathway to unravel the early evolution of the solar system and that of the planet earth.

Through the ages, the Moon, our closest celestial body has aroused curiosity in our mind much more than any other objects in the sky. This led to scientific study of the Moon, driven by human desire and quest for knowledge. This is also reflected in the ancient verse. Exploration of the moon got a boost with the advent of the space age and the decades of sixties and seventies saw a myriad of successful unmanned and manned missions to moon.Following this, a hiatus of about one and a half-decade followed. During this period we refined our knowledge about the origin and evolution of the moon and its place as a link to understand the early history of the Solar System and of the earth.   

However, new questions about lunar evolution also emerged and new possibilities of using the moon as a platform for further exploration of the solar system and beyond were formulated. Moon again became the prime target for exploration and a new renaissance of rejuvenated interest dawned. All the major space faring nations of the world started planning missions to explore the moon and also to utilize moon as a potential base for space exploration.
 
The idea of undertaking an Indian scientific mission to Moon was initially mooted in a meeting of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1999 that was followed up by discussions in the Astronautical Society of India in 2000. Based on the recommendations made by the learned members of these forums, a National Lunar Mission Task Force was constituted by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Leading Indian scientists and technologists participated in the deliberations of the Task Force that provided an assessment on the feasibility of an Indian Mission to the Moon as well as dwelt on the focus of such a mission and its possible configuration.
 
The task force recommended that given the technical expertise of ISRO it will be extreme worthwhile to plan an Indian Mission to the Moon. It also provided specific inputs such as the primary scientific objectives of such a mission, plausible instruments to meet these objectives, launch and spacecraft technologies that need to be developed and suggested the need for setting up of a Deep Space Network (DSN) station in India for communication with the lunar orbiting spacecraft. The team also provided a provisional budgetary estimate.
 
The Study Report of the Task Team was discussed in April 2003 by a peer group of about 100 eminent Indian scientists representing various fields of planetary & space sciences, earth sciences, physics, chemistry, astronomy, astrophysics and engineering and communication sciences. After detailed discussions, it was unanimously recommended that India should undertake the Mission to Moon, particularly in view of the renowned international interest on moon with several exciting missions planned for the new millennium. In addition, such a mission will provide the needed thrust to basic science and engineering research in the country including new challenges to ISRO to go beyond the geostationary orbit. Further, such a project will also help bringing in young talents to the arena of fundamental research. The Academia, in particular, the university scientists would also find participation in such a project intellectually rewarding.
 
Subsequently, Government of India approved ISRO’s proposal for the first Indian Moon Mission, called Chandrayaan-1 in November 2003.

How Companies Got their Names

October 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in America, entertainment, History, Information, USA, World | Leave a comment
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Apple Computers
It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filling a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock
CISCO
It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.
Compaq
This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.
Corel
The name was derived from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland Research Laboratory.
Google
The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Bin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’
Hotmail
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters ‘html’ – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.
Hewlett Packard
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.
Intel
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.
Lotus (Notes)
Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ of ‘Padmasana’. Kap0or used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Microsoft
Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-’ was removed later on.
Motorola
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.
ORACLE
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA(Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle(the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.
Sony
It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
SUN
Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX- based OS for the computer.
Yahoo!
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos. Yahoo stands for Yet Another Hirarchy for Officius Oracle.

-Shantan

RAM’S SETHU – RAMA’S BRIDGE

September 28, 2008 at 8:29 am | Posted in hindi, Hindu, History, India, indian heritage, Information, mythology, news, ramayana, religion, World | Leave a comment
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Ram Sethu, also Known as Rama’s Bridge and Adam’s Bridge, Bridges Dhanushkodi, the southern most tip of  India and Talaimannar, the northern most tip of Sri Lanka.

This is our heritage, this is not only an Indian heritage, it should be treated as world heritage site.

We have to preserve this bridge at any cost, indeed, we may need to explore this and bring out the pictures and learn about the science and art of bridge making during the time of Rama. How did they fill the dirt in the ocean, what material they used.

It brings reality to the story of Hanuman going over to Lanka. This is world heritage, this our heritage,  and we need to  preserve it.

There are links below, that will give you crisp clear pictures of the bridge. More details and Videos below


World’s Largest Natural Bridge – Rainbow Bridge National Monument

September 25, 2008 at 8:14 am | Posted in America, entertainment, History, Information, tourism, Travel, USA, World | 1 Comment
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument is administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, southern Utah, USA. Rainbow Bridge is often described as the world’s largest natural bridge. The span of Rainbow Bridge is 275 feet (84 meters), and at the top it is 42 feet (13 meters) thick and 33 feet (10 meters) wide. Two other natural arches, Kolob Arch and Landscape Arch, both also in southern Utah, have confirmed spans several meters longer than Rainbow Bridge, but by most definitions of the terms are described as arches but not bridges. With a truly impressive height of 290 feet (88 meters) Rainbow Bridge does indeed stand taller than either of its longer competitors, but it is outdone by Aloba Arch at 394 feet (120 meters), which is in turn dwarfed by the world’s tallest arch, Tushuk Tash in China at an estimated 1,200 feet (366 meters). While it may not be the tallest or the longest in the world, Rainbow Bridge is the world’s most famous example of a natural arch. It is probably the most accessible of the large arches of the world, as it can be reached by a two-hour yacht ride on Lake Powell or by hiking several hours overland from a trailhead (obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona).

Rainbow Bridge seen from the Lake Powell side.

– Shantan

World’s largest sleeping Buddha

September 25, 2008 at 7:53 am | Posted in History, Information, World | Leave a comment
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Sculptors work on world’s largest sleeping Buddha statue Wednesday in Yiyang County of East China’s Jiangxi Province. The gigantic rock work, whose construction started on May 1st,2002, measures 68-meter-high and 416-meter-long. [newsphoto]   

The legs of the Buddha.

A boy poses for photograph next to the huge toe of the Buddha. [newsphoto]

A full view of the Buddha. [newsphoto]

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